Blizzard Measuring

One commonly asked question this time of year is how exactly does one measure snow in high wind when the snow is not evenly distributed over the landscape?  The reality is during blizzards and other situations with stronger wind, getting an exact total may never be possible, but there are ways to get a reasonably accurate total.  Just like the summer, rain gauges are used to collect the snow which gets melted.  Several gauges will allow for an average to be established.  Plus, sheltered area will provide better locations for measured the snow depth, and again, several readings give you an opportunity make an average.  Sometimes it may take an hour to go through this process.